BTC Isn't Panacea, CEO Ripple Says

CEO Ripple said that the BTC blockchain is "quite slow," whereas XRP transactions are "a thousand times faster"
06 June 2018   2249

Brad Garlinghouse from Ripple told CNBC that Bitcoin wouldn't solve the problems that people thought it would.

I think it's (bitcoin) not going to be the panacea that people once thought it would be, where it would solve all of these different kind of problems... Instead, you're seeing specializations of different kind of ledgers, different kinds of blockchains.
 

Brad Garlinghouse

CEO, Ripple

Garlinghouse noted that XRP transactions are "a thousand times faster" than bitcoin's, which he called "rather slow."

It is true that bitcoin is much slower. During the interview, the average BTC transaction was 42 minutes according to Blockchain.info, while XRP transactions take about four seconds, although it should be noted that the Bitcoin trade volume is much larger than that of XRP.

Well, I don't really think about it as one versus the other. I mean, it's actually unfortunate, I think, that there's some people in this, the crypto space, the blockchain space — for them, it's almost a holy war of one versus the other. I don't look at that at all. I think that what we're seeing is the overall growth of this space and there will be many winners.
 

Brad Garlinghouse

CEO, Ripple

At the moment, Ripple is prosecuted in lawsuits by a person who lost money in XRP trading and who now claims that the company has violated the US Securities Act.

Ripple to Sell $169.42M Worth XRP in Q1 2019

It's 31% more than in Q4 2018, when company was able to sell less than $130M worth XRP
25 April 2019   191

Ripple published a financial report for the first quarter of 2019, indicating that during this period it managed to gain $ 169.42 million from the sale of XRP cryptocurrency. The value increased by 31% compared with the fourth quarter 2018, when XRP was implemented at $ 129.03 million.

Direct institutional sales brought the company $ 61.93 million compared to $ 40.15 million in the previous quarter. The indicator of “programmable sales”, that is, sales carried out with the help of intermediaries, also increased and amounted to $ 107.49 million against $ 88.88 million.

XRP Sales Table, Q4 2018 | Q1 2019
XRP Sales Table, Q4 2018 | Q1 2019

Total XRP trading declined by about 2% to $ 53.85 billion in the first quarter of this year, against $ 54.82 billion in the fourth quarter of the previous year.

For comparison, for the same period last year, Ripple managed to sell XRP for $ 167.7 million, that is, a change in the indicator was about 1%.

In the first quarter, Ripple released 3 billion XRP from its escrow wallets. At the same time, 2.3 billion XRP were returned and entered into new escrow contracts. “The remaining 700 million XRP not returned to escrow are being used in a variety of ways to help support the XRP ecosystem,” explains the company.

In the middle of the month, it became aware of the decision of the Japanese bank Resona to withdraw from the MoneyTap payment project being developed by Ripple.